Fury in Niger at French travel warning after deadly attack

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France classified all of Niger except the capital Niamey as red under its colour-coded security advice after six young French aid workers were among eight killed in a suspected jihadist raid on August 9th.

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Anger is still simmering nearly a week after France, the former colonial ruler, issued a stern warning against travel to the West African country, reports Yahoo! News.

France classified all of Niger except the capital Niamey as red under its colour-coded security advice after six young French aid workers were among eight killed in a suspected jihadist raid on 9 August.

The attack at the Kouré National Park, a giraffe haven and tourist hotspot outside the capital, was the first of its kind against Westerners in the area and prompted an outpouring of grief in France.

Kouré had previously been marked as yellow, but on Wednesday France put everywhere in the most severe "red zone" except Niamey, which is orange - "travel not advised unless for compelling reasons".

Some have been quick to portray the move by Paris as a slap by a former ruler which prefers to see Niger in terms of a logistics point for its anti-jihadist campaign.

"Any Nigerien concerned about the dignity of this country feels humiliated in their bones. Niger in red! But they have only have to leave, for goodness' sake, they just have to leave," said Alahe Tahirou, a civil servant. 

Lawyer and academic at the University of Niamey, Amadou Hassane Boubacar, called France's decision "punitive" and "truly villainous".

Read more of this RFI report published by Yahoo! News.

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